Real Name: Janus Jardeesh

Identity/Class: Sub-species of humanity (Inhuman) mutate

Occupation: Criminal

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: A.I.M., Turk Barrett, Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Raoul Bushman, Fancy Dan (Daniel Brito), Gentleman (Gustav Fiers), Ghost, Gladiator (Melvin Potter), Grotto, Hammerhead (Joseph), Inferno (Dante Pertuz), Jigsaw (Billy Russo), Lady Bullseye, Man Mountain Marko (Michael Marko), Tyler, White Rabbit (Lorina Dodson);
formerly Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)

Enemies: Artyom, Bushwacker (Carl Burbank), Captain America (Sam Wilson), James Choi, Crime-Master, Crime-Master, Crossfire (William Cross), Agent Ryan Gudmundsdottir, Hydro-Man (Morris Bench), Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), Luka, Night Thrasher (Dwayne Taylor), Ox (Raymond Bloch), Spectrum (Monica Rambeau), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Trapster (Peter Petruski), Wizard (Bentley Wittman)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Kingpin

Base of Operations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: Civil War II: Kingpin#1 (September, 2016)

Powers/Abilities: After undergoing Terrigenesis, Janus Jardeesh developed the ability to avoid detection, though the limits and capabilities of this power remain unexplored. At the very least, Jardeesh seemed to be immune to the future predictions of Ulysses Cain (at least this is what Kingpin theorized). Jardeesh has seen visions of Celestials, and has dreamed of a Celestial being in his own form, but it is unknown if these were real experiences, dreams, or delusions.

Height: 5'4" (by approximation)
Weight: 115 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Red

(Civil War II: Kingpin#1/1 (fb) - BTS) - Janus Jardeesh was a low-level criminal working for the Kingpin for a time, until the Kingpin fell from power.

(Civil War II: Kingpin#2 (fb) - BTS) - Jardeesh interacted with Vulture at some point.

(Civil War II: Kingpin#1/2 (fb) - BTS) - Despite his reputation of getting beat up by other criminals, Jardeesh was hired by the Black Cat.

(Civil War II: Kingpin#1/2 (fb) ) - Black Cat put Jardeesh in charge of guarding a warehouse full of super-hero and super-villain technology. When Jardeesh opened a case of Terrigen Mists, he entered his cocoon and was given a vision of a Celestial telling Jardeesh that he was newly "born." Emerging from the cocoon, Jardeesh wandered outside, disoriented and unable to determine what his new powers were, and Black Cat fired him. In a matter of days, Jardeesh had lunch with Turk Barrett, avoided sex with his girlfriend (because he felt sick), yelled out at Medusa as she walked by on the street one day, tried cutting at his own skin as he sensed something inside him, and visited a doctor for a full medical scan. While riding with Fancy Dan, Jardeesh fell asleep and dreamed a Celestial was trying to crawl out from his skin. Fancy Dan took Jardeesh to meet with Black Cat who, flanked by Kangaroo, was delivering something to Inferno. The Avengers (Captain America, Captain Marvel, Vision) showed up and Jardeesh fled with Fancy Dan and Inferno. Later, he had a meal with Man Mountain Marko, who informed him everyone from the night before had been arrested except for Jardeesh. Marko gave Jardeesh a job kidnapping women to be human trafficked.

(Civil War II: Kingpin#1/1 (fb) - BTS) - Jardeesh kidnapped more women, including Sonia. When word of Ulysses Cain, an Inhuman who could predict futures, got out, Jardeesh knew his powers protected him from being detected.

(Civil War II: Kingpin#1/1 (fb) ) - Jardeesh shot and captured a security guard who discovered his trafficking victims in a storage locker. When Kingpin and Turk Barrett entered the room, Jardeesh immediately apologized for having defied his orders about trafficking. Kingpin recognized the potential of Jardeesh, then ordered him to kill the security guard.

(Civil War II: Kingpin#1/1) - Kingpin assembled Jigsaw, Lady Bullseye, Hammerhead, Fancy Dan, Turk Barrett, Grotto, and Ox with Janus Jardeesh, and Kingpin assaulted Jigsaw when he felt insulted. Jardeesh calmed Kingpin down and guided him outside. Bushwacker attacked, killing Kingpin's guard and shooting Fisk, but Kingpin got the upper hand and broke Bushwacker's neck. Back at Kingpin's office, Captain America (Sam Wilson), Night Thrasher, and Spectrum showed up, wanting to know where Bushwacker was, but he showed them out.

(Civil War II: Kingpin#3 (fb) - BTS) - Jardeesh hired a man named Tyler to work for the Kingpin.

(Civil War II: Kingpin#2) - Jardeesh accompanied Kingpin and several criminals (Jigsaw, Lady Bullseye, Gladiator, White Rabbit, Crime-Master, Grotto, Tombstone, Ox, Ghost, Hammerhead, Turk Barrett) to meet with Ryan Gudmunsdottir, who Kingpin exposed as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. To get Gudmunsdottir under his control, Kingpin exposed the captive agent James Choi as well as Gudmunsdottir's wife and child. Jigsaw offered to kill Choi, but Kingpin forced Jardeesh to do it. Jardeesh watched Kingpin gain control over the gangs, pay off the police, and beat up criminals the Wizard, Hydro-Man, Trapster, Crossfire, and Raoul Bushman, then he saw Crime-Master's corpse left at Kingpin's office by someone. Jardeesh watched as Kingpin forced some criminals to fight each other, and Luka killed Artyom. When Spider-Man arrived, Kingpin, desperate to keep Jardeesh a secret, rushed away with Jardeesh, who had collapsed for mysterious reasons. Kingpin had Jardeesh tended to by A.I.M. doctors. Days later, Kingpin invited Jardeesh to accompany him on a mission, but Jardeesh refused. Outside, a car bomb went off, nearly killing Kingpin.

(Civil War II: Kingpin#3 - BTS) - As Kingpin wondered where Janus was, he killed Tyler.

(Civil War II: Kingpin#4) - Jardeesh was hanging out with his girlfriend when he heard on the news that the Kingpin had been killed. Panicking, he went to the Kingpin's headquarters and met with Lady Bullseye, Jigsaw, Ox, and others, and convinced them to make him the new Kingpin, saying it is what Fisk would have wanted. Jardeesh discovered Fisk was alive and monitored his progress, watching him seemingly die from medical complications over a remote camera. Jardeesh called a meeting to assert his new power, but Fisk showed up at the meeting and told everyone there who was loyal to him to leave. Fisk then beat up the men who remained. Jardeesh claimed he was purely innocent and that he hadn't betrayed Fisk at all, only wanting to help him. Fisk, believing that Jardeesh was behind all of his recent misfortunes, threw Jardeesh from a window, seemingly killing him.

Comments: Created by Matthew Rosenberg and Ricoardo Lopez Ortiz.

Inferno's involvement with the criminals in Civil War II: Kingpin#1 made no sense at all. Maybe he worked undercover to get close new Inhuman Janus for Medusa, but how would she even know about him considering his powers.
--Markus Raymond

Jardeesh's motivations and powers remain relatively undefined. He may have manipulated events (including a car bomb, the murder of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and an attack on Fisk by the Punisher) to try and take over Kingpin's entire empire. Jardeeh's powers also remain somewhat undefined. He had visions of Celestials, including one in his own form, which may have shown some sort of cosmic connection, but also could have been a delusion of grandeur.

This profile was completed 2/15/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Chadman.

Janus Jardeesh has no known connections to:

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Civil War II: Kingpin#1, p17, pan4 (main)
Civil War II: Kingpin#1, p27, pan3 (face)
Civil War II: Kingpin#1, p27, pan1-2 (dream of Celestial inside)

Civil War II: Kingpin#1/1 (September, 2016) - Matthew Rosenberg (writer), Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Civil War II: Kingpin#1/2 (September, 2016) - Matthew Rosenberg (writer), Dalibor Talajic (penciler), Jose Marzan Jr (inker), Wil Moss (editor)
Civil War II: Kingpin#2 (October, 2016) - Matthew Rosenberg (writer), Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Civil War II: Kingpin#3-4 (November-December, 2016) - Matthew Rosenberg (writer), Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Hayden Sherman (artists), Mark Basso (editor)

First Posted: 09/30/2021
Last updated: 09/29/2021

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